Business Promotions: Emirates Lions Rugby match in Johannesburg, South Africa

Being Cabin Crew with Emirates has given me a lot of opportunities. I’ve been able to travel the world, make news friends and engage with people of different cultures from across the globe. I’ve built an online community with whom I get to share this experience with, and I’ve accomplished a lot within the company too; operating an inaugural flight, participating in Emirates Jennifer Aniston social media campaign and joining the Emirates Business Promotions team!

This week, I had the pleasure of adding another amazing experience to this list. I got to represent Emirates at the Emirates Lions Rugby match in Johannesburg, South Africa, alongside my friend Andrea. We stood on the field for the “run on” at the beginning of the game, and I had the privilege of being a part of the halftime show where three lucky contenders had the chance to win a trip to Dubai. We also took a picture with the Man of the Match, Jaco Kriel!

The experience was incredible and I hope to be back soon! 🙂

Next Stop: Hamburg, Germany

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Layover Life: Cape Town, South Africa

We came, we saw, we conquered. This is the best way to describe my layover in Cape Town, South Africa!

After chowing down on a nice steak dinner at Belthazar Restaurant and Wine Bar by the Waterfront upon our arrival into the “Mother City”, a small group of us decided to take on Table Mountain the following morning. Little did we know, the Aerial Cableway wasn’t going to be operating due to gale force winds and that our adventure was going to be a more extreme than we had planned for.

6 km, 3,558ft and up to 95 km/h wind gusts later, we successfully hiked up (and down) the prominent landmark. It was one of the most challenging things I’ve ever done, and I wouldn’t have wanted to experience this with anyone else.

We pushed each other when we felt like quitting and encouraged one another to carry on despite the hardships we faced. In the end, the views were breathtaking; and to be quite honest, the trek itself was rather life-changing. It served as a reminder that..

“…we have the capacity to achieve anything we put our minds to, so long as we believe in ourselves”

We arrived back at the hotel for lunch around noon, and spent the rest of the layover resting for the return sector back to Dubai. Climbing the mountain was draining, and we needed all the sleep we could get after that!

Next Stop: Toronto, Canada

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Time for take off: Operating the Emirates Airbus A380 Inaugural from JNB to DXB

Passengers were invited to take photos with and enjoy some of the cake given to Cabin Crew on the flight.

On February 1, 2017, I had the pleasure of operating the Emirates Airbus A380 Inaugural from Johannesburg, South Africa to Dubai, United Arab Emirates!

An inaugural flight is defined as the first flight of an aircraft that is being introduced by a carrier to a route for the first time. On occasions such as this, Cabin Crew are nominated to operate the flight by management, then chosen to participate by a selection committee. It’s an honour to have been able to participate in this experience!

To celebrate this momentous occasion, Dnata Newrest surprised us with a giant cake that we opted to share with our passengers. The disembarking Cabin Crew (that came into JNB on the Emirates Airbus A380-800) also left us several South African flags that our customers were able to take pictures with.

Layover Life: Swimming with sharks in Durban, South Africa

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Durban, South Africa is a coastal city in eastern South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Among Cabin Crew, it is known as a great place to eat, shop and …experience shark cage diving!

Don’t get me wrong, I love a nice steak and a walk around the mall, but I’m all about trying new things. That being said, of course, I opted to swim with the fishes!

A friend of a friend recommended Blue Wilderness Shark Adventures. At first I was hesitant, not because I was scared, but because I am a big animal lover. There are a lot of places out there that are driven by profits and as a result do not respect the health and wellbeing of the animals they showcase (using unsafe practises that are dangerous to both humans and wildlife).

After conducting some research, I found that the purpose of Blue Wilderness is to aid in the conservation of sharks by introducing them to people through education, excitement and empowerment. They are looking to change the negative perceptions of these creatures and foster conservation efforts, which made me feel better about my decision to participate.

I chose to swim with the sharks without using the cage because I wanted to experience being alongside them without any barriers. To some, swimming without a cage would be considered extremely dangerous, but in reality sharks are harmless!

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By nature, sharks are intimidated by humans. This is why is often used to lure them in on these excursions. Humans are also not considered food for sharks. The sharks involved in incidents with humans are often hunting for seals or dolphins and mistake people for marine life (given our size and shape). The majority of shark species actually eat fish or invertebrates like squid or clams.

In fact, sharks are the real victims. They’re often labeled as dangerous killers that will eat anything that comes their way. In reality, they’re killed by the millions each year for their fins, which has led to overfishing and illegal fishing effecting shark populations worldwide.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, there were only three shark-related human deaths in 2014 compared to around 100 million sharks killed annually by people.

There is still a lot of debate over wether or not shark cage diving is harmful to these animals; largely because of the ways in which these organizations lure sharks in. The process most places use is called “chumming”. It consists of dumping a mixture of water, fish oil, and mashed parts of sardines in the water. This practise is outlawed in some countries (like Australia) because of the recorded significant changes in great white shark behaviour as a result of the practise.

There are claims that sharks are learning to associate human presence with the possibility of food, which can potentially increase the risk of shark attacks. On the other side of the argument, according to Dot Earth, there are claims that it is highly unlikely for sharks to associate human presence with food since there is a huge difference (to sharks) between the sight and smell of a research vessel floating on the surface, and a human body being in the water.

Either way, it is still important for you to do your research and make a decision for yourself based upon that. I am happy that I went with this organization, but with these concerns I do not fully endorse the entire shark cage diving industry as a whole. It largely depends on the organization you go with, so please choose wisely! 🙂

Until next time, Durban!

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Next Stop: Cebu, Philippines

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.